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Pfizer trials a group B Strep vaccine

Group B Strep Support is encouraged by the news that clinical trials of a group B Strep vaccine have begun. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has started a Phase 1 trial of its vaccine, which could prevent many more group B Strep infections than current prevention strategies - not only the early-onset group B Strep infections (in babies aged 0-6 days), but also late-onset group B Strep infection (in babies 7-90 days) and potentially stillbirths and maternal infections caused by group B Strep. While a safe and effective vaccine is likely many years away, this is an important step towards eradicating group B Strep infection in babies. “We are delighted that Pfizer is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group [...]

By | 2017-06-30T19:15:42+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Patron Sir Nicholas Soames launches The Big GBSS Bake Sale

Sir Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex and Patron of Group B Strep Support attended an event to launch Group B Strep Awareness Month, and our Big GBSS Bake Sale with The Saplings Group at The Woodside in Bolnore Village, Haywards Heath. Sir Nicholas said; “I was delighted to join the wonderful Group B Strep Support team and the Saplings mums and beautifully behaved children to launch Group B Strep Awareness Month.”  

By | 2017-12-29T13:57:10+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Happy birthday Eli!

Eleven years ago Eli was born with a group B Strep infection. He couldn't breathe, and had to be resuscitated. It was touch and go in the Intensive Care Unit for days. All this because I wasn't tested. From that incredible magical moment you were placed in my arms, I knew how special you were. Overcoming GBS, we are lucky to have you and call you a survivor! You have shown such determination and continued to fight. We couldn't be prouder, you are just amazing and perfect in every single way.

UK NSC recommendation on life-saving screening for newborn babies

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, the UK National Screening Committee recommended that the Government should not introduce routine screening of pregnant women for group B Strep. We are hugely disappointed by this recommendation. Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies – causing sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia. Group B Strep is carried by around 20-30% of the population and, on average, in the UK: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week survives with disability The UK National Screening Committee have published a one-page recommendation statement, an evidence review summary and their last external review. We [...]

By | 2017-03-23T11:16:10+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Strep B Stomp

Strep B Stomp: Sunday 2 July 2017 We're excited to announce we'll be holding a fun run for all the family on Sunday 2nd July along Worthing Seafront, West Sussex. The 3-mile walk/run is all about having fun while raising money to stop group B Strep infection in babies. The run is suitable for the whole family and whether you walk, jog, or run – the 5K distance (3.1 miles) is achievable for all ages and abilities. We will be with you every step of the way with: A Race Number A complimentary T-shirt A fundraising pack full of hints, tips and ideas Register Today

By | 2017-03-20T09:40:52+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Irwin Mitchell Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and leading law firm, Irwin Mitchell, are delighted to announce their new corporate partnership to raise greater awareness of group B Strep, and provide support to families affected by it. Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 700 babies a year in the UK. On average, two babies a day develop group B Strep infection, one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection and another survives with life-changing disability. Although home testing kits are available to buy for £40, Irwin Mitchell has been backing calls from Group B Strep Support to make the ‘gold standard’  test [...]

By | 2017-03-07T15:20:38+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

My little boy had late-onset GBS infection

I had the GBS screening during pregnancy and tested negative (Mum lives in Australia where GBS screening is routine in 5 of the 6 states). I then had a hugely traumatic birth. 48-hour labour forceps delivery and my baby ended up with 2 skull fractures and intracranial bleeding, which he fully recovered from. I thought after getting him home from the children's hospital everything would be fine… how wrong I was. At 25 days’ old my baby began to cry inconsolably. After 3 hours, we knew something was very wrong. At the hospital, they suspected meningitis. His entire face and neck swelled up and he was failing right in front of us. I was so scared that we would [...]

By | 2017-02-05T12:12:17+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Baby fully recovered from GBS infection|0 Comments

Biotech company MinervaX announces positive results from Phase 1 GBS vaccine trials

MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotech company, today (5th January) announced positive results from a Phase I trial in 240 healthy adult women with its protein-only GBS vaccine, targeting pregnant women for the prevention of life-threatening infections in newborns. “We are delighted that MinervaX is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under 3 months, although most of these infections could be prevented. Despite the UK’s risk-based prevention strategy, the rates of these infections have increased for more than a decade. A safe and effective vaccine is the ‘holy grail’ of GBS prevention and could protect more babies from GBS [...]

By | 2017-01-05T15:12:43+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments